Extra sparks fly on pink carpet than on stage

NEW YORK   –  The MTV Video Music Awards returned to New York on Monday, with main wins for pop stars previous and new. Sparks flew earlier than the ceremony when Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor and rapper Machine Gun Kelly have been concerned in an altercation on the pink carpet.

Olivia Rodrigo then received greatest new artist and greatest tune for Drivers License, whereas Justin Bieber received greatest artist. The primary award, video of the 12 months, went to Lil Nas X for his single Montero (Name Me by Your Identify). “Let’s go, homosexual agenda”, hollered the rapper, who has made LGBT-positive messaging and imagery a central element of his music. The 22-year-old, whose actual title is Montero Lamar Hill, additionally gave one of many night time’s greatest performances, segueing from a marching band introduction to a lurid pink jail scene the place, for good measure, he stripped to his boxer shorts and twerked in a bathe. Hosted by rapper Doja Cat, the ceremony marked the fortieth anniversary of MTV’s launch in America. Madonna opened the present, telling the story of how she had arrived in New York 40 years in the past “with nothing however $35 and a pair of dance footwear” earlier than discovering an ally within the new music video community. “We fashioned a bond that modified my life and created a complete new artwork type. That’s why there’s just one place to be tonight,” stated the star, who went on to win 20 MTV “moon-person” statues.

The MTV Awards have been established three years later, in 1984, and rapidly gained a popularity as must-see tv. Through the years, they’ve been liable for extra popular culture moments than another award present – together with Madonna’s debut in 1984, performing Like A Virgin whereas writhing round in a marriage costume; Eminem performing with a military of 100 clones; Girl Gaga’s notorious meat costume; and, after all, Kanye West dashing the stage throughout Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech in 2009. This 12 months, nevertheless, produced few moments that may stick within the thoughts. Many performances felt like diminished retreads of former glories.

It was candy when Twenty-One Pilots singer Tyler Joseph introduced throughout their set that his spouse was pregnant – nevertheless it was nothing in contrast with Beyoncé revealing her child bump through the 2011 present.

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